By Kim Hyelin and Lee Jihae
Baek Heena, author of "Cloud Bread," has won the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's richest prize for children's literature.
The award's Swedish jury on March 31 announced through its website and live YouTube streaming that Baek, Korea's most famous writer of picture books, was selected from 240 competitors in 67 countries.
The jury likened the book to a movie in that it vividly describes the topic, expressions, movements, loneliness and solidarity, adding, "The book developed and created this genre through a very unique technique and an artistic solution."
Six of Baek's works were selected including her first work "Cloud Bread (2004)," "Little Chick Pee-yaki's Mum" (2011), "Magic Candies" (2017) and "I Am a Dog" (2019).
Worth USD 500,000 to the winner, the award was established by the Swedish government in 2002 to honor the eponymous author of the famous "Pippi Longstocking" series.
Source : www.korea.net